Mitt Romney is quadrupling the size of his home, Ron Paul thinks he gets enough coverage, the Democratic candidate in New York’s 9th district canceled on a debate at the last minute and Rick Perry leads in another national poll.

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* Mitt Romney is quibbling with reports that he quadrupled the size of his Southern California home. The former Massachusetts governor says he only doubled the square footage of the mansion, because the basement and garage don’t count. The project isn’t scheduled to begin until after the 2012 election.

* Yet another poll shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry on top of the 2012 pack. A national CNN survey of 467 Republicans gives Perry 27 percent of the vote, Romney 14 percent, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin 10 percent, and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) 9 percent. Without Palin or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the race, Perry leads by even more — 32 percent to Romney’s 18 percent. Paul is polling lower than in past surveys, at 6 percent regardless of the other candidates.

* While supporters have complained that Paul does not get enough attention in the presidential race, the man himself disagrees. “Even though we had that little debate about the coverage and all, we really get a lot of coverage,” he told the Des Moines Register. “I actually have never complained about it.” Paul also critized Perry, saying he doesn’t deserve credit for the state’s economic success.

* Bachmann said this weekend that the earthquake and hurricane that hit the east coast over the past week were divine acts. “I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” Bachmann told a crowd in Florida. “We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’” The congreswoman’s press secretary said Bachmann was speaking “in jest” to make a point.

* Another lawmaker has resigned over a naked photo scandal. Puerto Rican state Sen. Roberto Arango (R) has not admitted to posting photos of himself on the gay cruising phone application Grindr, but he said that he did take some cell phone pictures to document his weight loss. “I really don’t remember having taken those pictures of myself, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t take them,” he told a local radio station. “I really don’t remember.”


* Assemblyman David Weprin (D) has pulled out of tonight’s debate against Republican businessman Bob Turner in the special election for ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s 9th district House seat, for Irene-related reasons. Weprin said that half his staff couldn’t get into the city because of the storm. Organizers are angry and skeptical, saying Weprin doesn’t want to face a more conservative crowd. The two candidates debated about a week ago. Tonight’s debate has been canceled.

* Former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-Wis.) has made it official — he’s running for Senate, facing a likely primary against former governor Tommy Thompson for the seat held by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.). He’s already been sparring with Thompson’s team over the Club for Growth; there is bad blood between the two and the primary will almost certainly be ugly. Neumann ran for Senate in 1998 and lost to former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.). He ran for governor in 2010 and lost the primary to now-Gov. Scott Walker (R).

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) turned 75 today, and apparently he never expected to see it. “Thanks for all the birthday wishes,” the 2008 presidential candidate tweeted. “If I had known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!”

* Beth Anne Rankin is running again for Arkansas’ 4th district House seat after losing to Rep. Mike Ross (D) in 2010. Ross is retiring; the GOP primary will likely be crowded, with Republican state Reps. Lane Jean and Matthew Shepherd and former Democrat and Green party candidate Bobby Tullis all considering bids. State Sen. Gene Jeffress (D) is thinking of running on the Democratic side.


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